Icky Mettle

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All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
Raw, swirling, and remarkably brash, Archers of Loaf's debut, Icky Mettle, helped to establish the North Carolina band as a force to be reckoned with in the pantheon of '90s indie rock. With their layered, guitar-heavy approach and driving energy, the album feels like an artifact from an alternate time line when the Pixies decided to get more and more aggressive after Surfer Rosa. Though Archers of Loaf don't completely eschew the idea of harmony, they certainly take a more smash-and-grab approach to it, paving the road to sonic bliss with destroyed amps and shredded vocal cords. What makes this sound so compelling is the way it explores the full spectrum of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
Raw, swirling, and remarkably brash, Archers of Loaf's debut, Icky Mettle, helped to establish the North Carolina band as a force to be reckoned with in the pantheon of '90s indie rock. With their layered, guitar-heavy approach and driving energy, the album feels like an artifact from an alternate time line when the Pixies decided to get more and more aggressive after Surfer Rosa. Though Archers of Loaf don't completely eschew the idea of harmony, they certainly take a more smash-and-grab approach to it, paving the road to sonic bliss with destroyed amps and shredded vocal cords. What makes this sound so compelling is the way it explores the full spectrum of guitar-centric rock, pulling together the blunt and abrasive with the thoughtful in the musical equivalent of a shotgun wedding, with the bride and groom doing everything in their power to hold it together while the family is watching on in uneasy silence. This tension is held up throughout the entire album, as both sides of the band's dual nature fight for supremacy in a battle that would leave a permanent mark on the indie rock landscape. [The landmark album was remastered and reissued in 2011 with a second disc of bonus material featuring the band's excellent Vs the Greatest of All Time EP as well as handful of tracks released as 7" singles.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2011
  • Label: Merge Records
  • UPC: 673855041520
  • Catalog Number: 50415
  • Sales rank: 74,469

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Web In Front (2:04)
  2. 2 Last Word (3:36)
  3. 3 Wrong (3:40)
  4. 4 You and Me (3:10)
  5. 5 Might (2:05)
  6. 6 Hate Paste (2:46)
  7. 7 Fat (1:18)
  8. 8 Plumb Line (2:03)
  9. 9 Learo, You’Re a Hole (3:50)
  10. 10 Sick File (1:43)
  11. 11 Toast (4:37)
  12. 12 Backwash (3:26)
  13. 13 Slow Worm (3:33)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Audiowhore (4:47)
  2. 2 Lowest Part is Free! (2:23)
  3. 3 Freezing Point (2:35)
  4. 4 Revenge (3:58)
  5. 5 All Hail the Black Market (3:49)
  6. 6 Wrong (3:49)
  7. 7 South Carolina (3:33)
  8. 8 Web In Front (2:08)
  9. 9 Bathroom (1:45)
  10. 10 Tatyana (4:43)
  11. 11 What Did You Expect? (3:12)
  12. 12 Ethel Merman (2:41)
  13. 13 Quinn Beast (3:42)
  14. 14 Powerwalker (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Archers of Loaf Primary Artist
Mark Price Drums, Group Member
Eric Bachmann Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Matt Gentling Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Eric Johnson Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
Archers of Loaf Composer
Caleb Southern Producer
Mark Griffiths Paintings
Robert Christgan Liner Notes
Robert Weston III Remastering
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